Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University to offer self-defense and Tai Chi course

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2019   
CONTACT: Troy Watkins,, 413.572.5523

WestfieldThe College of Graduate and Continuing Education will offer an adult self-defense and Tai Chi course on Wednesdays, February 27–April 24, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the campus of Westfield State University. The first four weeks will focus on self-defense and the last four weeks will introduce students to Tai Chi. Students may register for one section of the course or both.

Taught by local instructor Lenny Burlingame, these eight highly interactive sessions will provide an interesting introduction to martial arts. The self-defense section will allow students to gain a sense of confidence when finding themselves in an uncomfortable situation. Through Tai Chi, students will learn techniques and practices meant to improve flexibility, balance, muscle tone, joint mobility, and mental awareness.

The cost for the self-defense or Tai chi sections alone are $60 each or $105 when signing up for both. To register online, visit

About the instructor
Lenny Burlingame started his study of body movement arts through martial arts training in 1982. He has dabbled, trained, studied, and taught in several external and internal martial arts over the past 35 years. The main focus of his training over the past 26 years has been in the internal arts of Tai Chi Chuan, Bagua, and Qigong with the most time devoted to Tai Chi Chuan. Burlingame earned a 2nd degree black belt in Kenpo Karate and a black belt in Arnis. He enjoys sharing his methods and techniques in order to improve one’s physical and mental development and to make a positive impact upon each individual.

Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society.

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